Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Q: What is a "flipped" school?

A:  It's a school where children watch teacher's lectures outside and away from the classroom, and do homework and projects in the classroom.  And apparently it's becoming popular and has supporters claiming that the idea works.  Not sure what I think about it, but it's certainly worth learning more about, I believe.  Here are a couple of excerpts from a recent NYTimes article highlighting some flipping success stories:
Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school” — one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Teachers record video lessons, which students watch on their smartphones, home computers or at lunch in the school’s tech lab. In class, they do projects, exercises or lab experiments in small groups while the teacher circulates...

It hasn’t been rigorously studied (most people cite only this one research paper.) Flipping’s track record in schools, while impressive, is anecdotal and short. But many people are holding it up as a potential model of how to use technology to humanize the classroom.